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Tahoe-Truckee gathers for global effort to end violence against women, girls


In 2014, Tahoe SAFE Alliance served:

55: sexual assault clients

425: intimate partner/domestic violence clients

Source: Tahoe SAFE Alliance, the mission of which is to end intimate partner/domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Visit tahoesafealliance.org to learn more.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — More than 100 community members came together this weekend to dance in downtown Truckee as part of a global effort aimed at ending violence against women and girls.

The One Billion Rising campaign is based on the statistic that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.

With a world population of 7 billion, that adds up to more than 1 billion women and girls.

“I think for a lot of people who have experienced any kind of abuse or violence, one of the defense mechanisms is to separate from your body because it’s sort of the house of where things happen,” said Jennie Pitts-Knipe, executive director of InnerRhythms Dance Theatre. “Through dance you can take it back, and it’s yours (to) use it for something positive.”

During Saturday’s four-minute dance routine — dubbed “Break the Chain” — women stretched out their hand in the sign for stop, joined hands in solidarity and pointed fingers skyward in front of the downtown Visitor Center, while a crowd looked on.

“It symbolizes stopping the abuse,” said Robin Reese, a local dance instructor who helped teach community members the dance. “… It talks about breaking the chain that binds women to these men who continue to abuse them.”

One Billion Rising launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, with this year’s campaign theme being “Revolution.”

“One Billion Rising Revolution is an escalation of the first two stages of our campaign — One Billion Rising and One Billion Rising for Justice,” states the movement’s website. “We’ve danced. We’ve demanded justice. Now we are demanding changes.”

It goes on to state that change can only happen if there is a “radical” shift in consciousness.

“It would be wonderful if we didn’t have a reason to do this,” said Pitts-Knipe, who took part in the dance. “If we can gather for another reason to dance. … My hope is that we just gather to dance, and we don’t have to talk about violence against women.”

For more information, visit http://www.OneBillionRising.org or find the One Billion Rising Truckee/Tahoe page on Facebook.

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